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Eli Lilly and Co. Foundation awards grant to cancer support agency

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Cancer Support Community, formerly The Wellness Community, recently announced a multi-year grant from the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation that will allow the organization to reach and serve low-income, homeless and underinsured central Indiana residents and level disparities in cancer survivorship that exist among minorities and low-income individuals.

The grant will fund “Urban Outreach Collaborative,” a program designed to bring together organizations in the field of oncology and community-based organizations that target minorities and the underserved in order to connect them to vital cancer support programs. The multi-year grant will be paid in installments of $25,000 a year over the next three years to Cancer Support Community. The goal of the project is to bring together organizations that can help connect cancer patients with accessible services and programs.

According to the 2009 Indianapolis Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Community Profile, African-American women in Marion County are diagnosed with late-state breast cancer nearly twice as often as Caucasian women, with similar statistics reported through National Cancer Institute, for low-income and the uninsured and underinsured.

For more information, call (317) 257-1505 or visit www.twc-indy.org.

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